A-League Team of the Week: Round 27

A-League Team of the Week: Round 27

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We pick our team of the week based on our writers’ assessment of each of the round’s A-League performers.

(5-3-2)

Goalkeeper – Lawrence Thomas: Made some excellent saves that meant Melbourne Victory only conceded one against Sydney FC. Was the best goalkeeper of the round along with Dean Bouzanis but was set apart by the single concession.

Rating – 7.5

Right wing-back – Nathaniel Atkinson: Was very busy for Melbourne City in their 2-1 defeat against Wellington Phoenix. A shining light in a defeat that ultimately had few ramifications with third already sewn up.

Rating – 7.5

Centre-back – Liberato Cacace: Played out on the left for the Nix, but played the role well and was willing to show plenty of ambition and forward drive. Had the unenviable task of dealing with Daniel Arzani and did it well.

Rating – 8

Centre-back – Alex Wilkinson: Only Riley McGree’s brilliant attacking performance meant he was not player of the round. Put on a defensive masterclass against Victory and pulled off a miracle goal-line clearance to keep Sydney in front.

Rating – 9

Centre-back – Connor O’Toole: The youngster was played out of position in the middle, such was Brisbane Roar’s lack of options through the centre of defence against Perth Glory. Nevertheless he performed admirably and cannot shoulder blame for either goal as the Roar won 3-2 and claimed a finals berth.

Rating – 7.5

Left wing-back – Michael Zullo: Got an assist with Sydney’s first forward thrust against Victory. Played a terrific ball into the penalty area which Bobo instinctively finished off.

Rating – 8

Central-midfield – Riley McGree: The youngster was easily the best player of the weekend. Netted a hat-trick in Newcastle Jets’ 8-2 F3 Derby demolition of Central Coast Mariners and an assist to boot.

Rating – 10

Central-midfield – Eric Bautheac: Was not particularly threatening in the first half for the Roar but grew into the game and had a telling influence as proceedings began to open up.

Rating – 8

Central-midfield – Sarpreet Singh: Ended the season in the best way possible by netting two goals to defeat City. Each came after nice pieces of skill. The young gun will be delighted with his season on a personal level.

Rating – 8.5

Striker – Roy O’Donovan: Scored a double against his former side to condemn it to the wooden spoon. A memorable night for the Irishman.

Rating – 8.5

Striker – Henrique: It was a blessing in disguise that he had to be introduced so early in the game after Brett Holman’s injury. Came on, netted two goals and ultimately turned the match. It could have been more, too.

Rating – 8.5

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